The Masters Par-3 Contest is a Wednesday tradition at Augusta National, a light way for Masters contestants, past champions, legends and others to come together and have some fun on the club’s par-3 course on the eve of the Masters Tournament.
Of course, there’s the curse of winning the Par-3 Contest. No player has won the Par-3 Contest on Wednesday and then won the Masters that next Sunday. So, winning isn’t exactly the desired outcome. And that has meant over the years that the Masters Par-3 Contest has produced some surprising winners. In fact, several legends of the game have won the Masters Par-3 Contest well past their playing days.
The oldest winner of the Masters Par-3 Contest is Tom Watson, who won in 2018 at the age of 68 with a score of 6-under 21.
In winning the Par-3 Contest, Watson took over the oldest champion title from Sam Snead, who was a stunning 62 when he won the Par-3 Contest in 1974 with the score of 23 to get into a playoff which he won. Even more amazing about what Snead did that week was he finished tied for 20th place in the Masters Tournament!
Watson isn’t playing in the 2018 Masters, as he’s walked away from being a Masters contestant.